• The Top 10 of Pirate Theme ships

    Compiled by aplbomr79. Updated 02 January 2010. Contains 10 sets.
    Now that the Pirate theme seems to be on its last wooden leg, it is time to rank the ships against each other.

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10210: Imperial Flagship

17 reviews
Pieces
1664
Minifigs
9
RRP
$179.99, £142.99, €149.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Instructions
Yes
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This Imperial Ship finally replaced the Black Seas Barracuda as the most vaunted ship on the open seas. It is a master-piece - and it should be at $180(USD). It does seem to lack in Mini-Figs for the price. But what it lacks in Mini-Figs, it greatly makes up for in size. This ship is nearly 30" long and almost 24" tall! It is a beautiful piece of Lego Artwork that ranks up there with the best of Lego.
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6285: Black Seas Barracuda

49 reviews
Pieces
909
Minifigs
8
RRP
$110
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Related sets
Re-released as 10040-1
Bricklist notes
This is #2 only as 2010 produces the Imperial Flagship. It is still the crown jewel of the Pirate Armada and remains high in the hearts of Pirate Collectors. It is laden with 4 cannon - and thus still remains a potent target of the Imperial Armada. The 8 Mini-figs will be able to fend off most attacks led by the Imperials.

It is still the most aesthetically pleasing of all the Pirate ships. This and the fact that it was the first ship of its kind keep it at #2.
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6286: Skull's Eye Schooner

24 reviews
Pieces
912
Minifigs
9
RRP
$126.5
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
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Even though it is an even match to the Black Seas Barracuda (6285) in terms of cannon, it falls to #3. It has one more Mini-Fig and 3 more pieces than its brethren, but it just doesn't command the heart strings like the BSB. It still has enough cannon to make fodder out of most of the Imperials Armada, and that fact puts it near the top.
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6289: Red Beard Runner

10 reviews
Pieces
703
Minifigs
7
RRP
$99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Re-released as 6290-1
Bricklist notes
This ship featured a great aspect in the Pirate saga. It was a Red-hulled ship (the only of its kind?) and boasted a crew of 7. It was designed to imitate an Imperial Ship and thus the foremast broke away to reveal a Pirate Sail in back (the only ship to have a decorated aft-sail).

However, its slight build lands it at #4 behind 2 other Pirate ships.
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6243: Brickbeard's Bounty

29 reviews
Pieces
592
Minifigs
8
RRP
$99.99, £59.99
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This ship released in 2009 is the 3rd in line for the Pirates. It is aptly armored with 2 cannon and 8 Mini-figs (2 of which are Imperials). Because it is a tried and true Pirate ship, it lands at #5.

If the designers put a little more thought and ingenuity into this set, it could have easily outdone the Red Beard Runner. But alas, it is moored in the middle of the pack.
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6274: Caribbean Clipper

21 reviews
Pieces
378
Minifigs
4
RRP
$54
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
Released in 1989, this was the first Imperial ship. It was a gem aesthetically, but it lacked in firepower. Being a Clipper-ship, it was meant to be light weight and fast. However, as the answer to the BSB, it fell short. This ship laid the groundwork for low-powered, high-speed Imperial ships. It is one of two sets that included the Blue-clad Governor. It carried two cannon and two sailors (along with the Governor)
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6271: Imperial Flagship

18 reviews
Pieces
317
Minifigs
4
RRP
$50
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Bricklist notes
This was the 2nd of the Imperial line; first to fly the red colors. It contained 2 cannon and 4 Mini-figs (2 Soldiers, 1 Governor, 1 Pirate).

The red-coloring combined with the fact that it was just a face-lift of the Caribbean Clipper (6274) put it behind its predecessor. I still remain in the faction that believes that the Imperials should have remained blue. But that is a different argument for a different day.

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6280: Armada Flagship

12 reviews
Pieces
284
Minifigs
3
RRP
$50
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Re-released as 6291-1
Bricklist notes
This may have been the worst addition to the ship collection if it was not for it's avante-garde white theme. It has only 1 cannon and a brutal cast of shipmates (3 Spaniards). The ship feels and looks clumsy and ill-thoughtout. The only reason that it is not #10 is that it actually took the white trim to a whole new level and gave us hull pieces that were white.
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6268: Renegade Runner

16 reviews
Pieces
178
Minifigs
4
RRP
$39.75
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail
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This was the first of the Pirate ships to include only 1 cannon. I still feel that this was a bad move. There could have been some easy redesigns that made it plausible for Lego to include Cannon ports that are included in the other Pirate Theme ships. The swiveling cannon was a simple fix but cost this ship as well as others in terms of this list. The four Mini-figs were a plus, but not enough to overcome the White-Knight vessel at #8.
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6250: Cross Bone Clipper

6 reviews
Pieces
154
Minifigs
3
RRP
$33
Packaging
Box
Availability
Retail - limited
Bricklist notes
The Cross-Bone Clipper is a sad excuse for a ship. Let alone a ship in the Pirate Fleet. The only excuse for a ship of this stature is that it is a getaway galleon for Cap'n Brickbeard.

It is homely and had but one cannon. Plus, the green trim is downright putrid. The worst of the Pirate-Theme ships - but it is still head and shoulders above most other themes' capstones.
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419 own this set, 785 want it.